I hadn’t travelled in a monorail before. Had seen Monorail tracks in Mumbai last year, but got to use it in KL. There has been considerable debate if monorail is good or metro is good for cities like Bangalore and Chennai
Listing some differences between Metro and Monorail, based on personal observation, though I’m not an expert in this matter
Metro can run on an elevated track, underground or at ground level. But Monorail is best suited for elevated tracks only.
Monorail tracks take less space. Track is smaller than the train width, hence monorail construction cost is said to be cheaper than Metro, which needs wider tracks
In India Mumbai has monorail facility, while Delhi has Metro. Bengaluru and Chennai will be having metro
It appears Monorail’s ability to have no of compartments are limited and hence it can’t carry too many passengers compared to Metro.
Because of less no of compartments and its design allows Monorail to take sharper turns, while Metro may need larger turning radius.
KL Monorail feeds into KL Sentral, which is a larger hub for buses and trains going in and out of Kuala Lumpur.
Frequency of trains was good. In about 10 minutes you’d get next train. Trains run from 6AM till midnight. There were no restrictions on photography.
When visiting Kuala Lumpur, select a hotel which is walkable from KL Monorail station. You’ll save a lot on taxi fares.
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